Susan Ellingwood is the executive director of public affairs. Previously, she spent fifteen years at The New York Times on the Books desk and in Opinion, where she was a founding editor of Room for Debate, The Conversation, and On Campus. Susan has also worked at the Committee to Protect Journalists, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. She holds a BA in Russian and international studies from Dickinson College and did her graduate work at Oxford University. She is the editor of two books (What We Saw and America At War) and a producer of the Times-HBO documentary, Last Letters Home.